USS Clamagore SS-343

USS Clamagore (The Gray Ghost of the Florida Coast)

As you can probably guess by now, I love all of the ships and exhibits at Patriot’s Point Naval Museum in Charleston, SC. Although we have lost several ships over the years, we still have 3 irreplaceable ships that have each been designated as a National Historic Landmark. While the USS Yorktown and the USS Laffey are both surface vessels, the USS Clamagore is a Balao class

USS Clamagore

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diesel powered submarine. During her service, her exploits earned her the title: “The Gray Ghost of the Florida Coast.” Having the opportunity to explore a submarine is a rare and unforgettable experience. The USS Clamagore gives you a wonderful first hand opportunity to grasp the working and living environment of our sailors serving in the “Silent Service.”

When it comes to Naval warfare, Charleston, SC is famous for its submarines! It was here that the CSS Hunley became the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in Continue reading

USS Laffey – The ship that wouldn’t die

Our USS Laffey – DD-724

Perhaps at no time since the American Revolution, had our nation so neglected its military as it had when WW2 came knocking on our door. With the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and war raging in Europe, America’s “greatest generation” had to quickly build up its forces and firepower. The USS Laffey was but one of those proud

ships rapidly built to fight our enemies. She would earn every ounce of that pride, compiling an impressive battle record–and earning herself the title “The ship that would not die!” In World War II, she fought our enemies in the Atlantic and the Pacific. Later, she was called upon to collect vital scientific data in the most important (and secret) project thus far in our history. Finally, she would find herself fighting new enemies in both the Korean and Cold wars.

The keel was laid for the USS Laffey on June 28th, 1943 in Maine. She was commissioned on February 8th, 1944 and then Continue reading

Our Fighting Lady CV-10

CV-10CV-10 remains on watch for us!

For as long as I can remember our “Fighting Lady” has always been a fascination of mine. Granted, I am an American history geek but every time I walk along her deck I feel history come alive. She is a treasure located in our own backyard that I feel is certainly worth visiting time and time again! The USS Yorktown CV-10 is an important part of our history for many reasons: her namesake, service record and length of service just to name a few.

In the early days of WW2 Japan was on the verge of defeating America in the Pacific. It wasn’t until the Battle of Midway that America not only won a strategic battle, but we won it so decisively that Japan was never able to recover. Just weeks earlier during the battle of Coral Sea, the original Yorktown (CV-5) had sustained such massive battle damage that logically she should have been in dry dock for months of extensive repair.  Instead she Continue reading